1. Will my procedure be very painful?
During your procedure, Dr. Cooper uses a very tiny needle to inject a local anesthetic into the earlobe to numb the ear, prior to reshaping the earlobe. Pain is fairly minimal and only lasts a few seconds.
2. Will I need pain medication after the procedure?
After the procedure, Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be used for pain, but most patients don’t require any pain medication after the procedure.
3. How do I care for my earlobes after the procedure?
After the procedure, you will be asked to keep the earlobes dry for 24 hours. After 24 hours you may shower. Additionally, you will apply Bacitracin ointment to the suture line to promote healing and prevent infection.
4. What can I do to get the best scar appearance possible?
One week after the procedure, Dr. Cooper will remove the tiny sutures that he has placed. Beginning 2-3 weeks after the procedure, you may begin massaging/gently pinching the scar to help with the final appearance. Additionally, the scar will at first be red, then will change to pink, and over the course of 6-12 months, will become a fine white line.